Accession Number: 2009.318
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) accepted this object as a gift in 2009 in order to bring it into a publicly accessible collection. The donor acquired the object from Ariadne Galleries, New York, circa 1985. It was accessioned into VMFA’s collection in September of 2009.
PUBLICATION AND/OR EXHIBITION HISTORY: The work has been on display at VMFA since December of 2010 in the Museum’s Greek, Roman & Hellenistic Galleries.
REASON FOR ACQUISITION AS AN EXCEPTION TO THE 1970 RULE: The donor of this object acquired a number of works of ancient jewelry on the art market between the late 1970s and ca. 1993. Most are common types for which there is no additional provenance information. VMFA decided to make an exception to the AAMD guidelines in order to bring this object into a free, publicly accessible, educational institution, where it could be studied, displayed, and publicized.